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What Time Is It? Hot Chocolate Time!

Now that we are coming into the colder months of the year, it now becomes the perfect time to be able to justify a hot chocolate (no matter what your diet says). I have learnt recently that you do not make a hot chocolate with boiling water (this is the lazy, less tasty version).How is a hot chocolate best served? In a big mug, with warm milk, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows.

 

CAUTION

Make this hot chocolate for who ever is with you at the time, no matter what they say! I guarantee you they will end up wanting to try it and end up drinking it all on you!!

What you will need is very simple:

  • Microwave and/or a milk frother
  • Mug
  • Lindt Hot Chocolate
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cute marshmallows
  • Full Cream Milk
  • Cocoa Powder to dust

Easy right?  Of course it is, it’s just a hot chocolate!

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  1. Firstly i pour a third of my milk into a cup and microwave for 40 seconds or until warm, if you have a smaller cup reduce the time and vice versa.
  2. While the milk is warming in the microwave, if you have a milk frother you would pour the remaining amount of milk that you would need for your cup into the milk frother. The reason why I use one is because it makes your hot chocolate so much more fluffier and smooth.
  3. Once you milk is finished in the microwave put in 6 heaped teaspoons of Lindt Hot Chocolate flakes and stir so it melts. If your using a hot chocolate powder, I would personally go off the packet directions for how many teaspoons, so you don’t make your hot chocolate too overwhelming.
  4. If you do not have a frother this is when you would put in the remaining milk and put it in the microwave until it heats to your desire. I like my Hot Chocolates warm so I can drink them easily and so it doesn’t melt my whipped cream to quickly!
  5. If you do have a milk frother, pour remaining milk into the mug, if it is still not hot enough you could put it back in the microwave. This however can make the frothy goodness go away!
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Put your favourite topping such as your whipped cream, marshmallows and cocoa powder on top and indulge in the most amazing, quick hot chocolate ever!

At christmas I would top with cute christmas sprinkles and a candy cane to give it a minty kick and of course it would be in a christmas mug!

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I would defiantly recommend the Lindt Hot Chocolate, I don’t think i’ll ever go back to another brand, its very smooth and instead of it being a powder it’s flakes of chocolate. My boyfriend absolutely loves this and he never has hot drinks, so that is defiantly saying something. Also my cat Yoda will not stop starring at me when I bring one of these to bed.

ENJOY!

Sharnee xoxo

 

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Five Ideas For a Sunday

I often find myself on a Sunday sleeping in, scrolling through social media constantly or just being plain lazy. I don’t mean laying in bed watching Netflix lazy, I mean to the point where I am so lazy I literally do nothing and then complain when the weekend is over. It’s hard not to lay around when the weather gets cold, so i decided to do a little  list of things you could do next time you can’t be bothered thinking of what to do. This little list is everything I have done on this odd wintery day (the weather really can’t make up its mind today)

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1. Go Shopping for under $50.00

I woke up and decided i wanted to get out of the house, as we are saving for Europe and I’m going to Bali in June, I have being very frugal with my money. I went to Midland gate, bought a coffee and went and bought a few stationary items and a few bits and bobs to set myself up for the day. I find walking around a shopping centre and browsing very relaxing! I bought so much stuff for only $40.00, I was very impressed. I have expensive taste for certain things but others i absolutely love a bargain and can’t go past Kmart without having a looksy.

2. Bake Something

When outside is miserable, i love nothing more then to EAT! Instead of just eating though, maybe you could teach yourself something new, or stick with an old and trusty recipe. Today i decided to make some good old Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream icing. While i was in the shops i bought some cute patty cases for the cupcakes and a Mauve food colouring for the Icing. Baking is something I don’t do often as for myself i find it very time consuming but it is nice every one and a while, plus if your baking all the time it means you have to eat it and I don’t need anything else contributing to my already bad diet! I used my Thermomix for the cupcakes and just some electric beaters for the buttercream icing.

If you have never made buttercream icing i used the recipe Below:

*240g of softened butter

*400g icing sugar (sifted)

*2 tsp of Vanilla Essence

*4 Tbsp of Milk ( i actually forgot to add in the milk, still tasted great !)

Mix the Butter with your electric beaters for about 5 minutes until you get a smooth consistency, you will notice as you go that the butter will lighten in colour.

You then put roughly a 1/3 of the icing sugar and combine the ingredients and keep going until you have combined all of your icing sugar with the butter, then you can add your Vanilla essence and milk and cream until combined.Its then ready to pipe on to your COOLED cupcakes!

Cupcakes are always great to pack for a cheeky snack for your partner (or yourself) or to sit with a cup of tea as your relax throughout your Sunday afternoon.

 

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Donut tea towels – Target $6.00

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3.Get Creative

If your feeling creative and feeling that you want to add something extra to a room in your house you could make your own succulent pot. I went to target and came across this really cute ceramic pot for $3.50! Which gave me an idea of adding some plants around the house.  So i made my way to Bunnings and picked myself up 2 succulents, a cacti, a small spade, gloves and some soil. Everything in total cost me $20.00! Its also a fun little idea you can do with your friends, family or partner just to do something different and see what little creations you can make. Next time I’ll be buying a Terrarium for something a bit more fancy looking. You don’t have to do this outside if you have somewhere that you can sit and vacuum the excess dirt after you have finished!

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4. Cook A Roast

One of the best things about Winter is all of the hot meal you can cook! Especially a roast. I feel that a lot of people feel that roasts are time consuming but as long as you prep all of your food all you have to do is put your food in the oven at the specific time and you can sit back and relax while it cooks for you and the best part is it warms the house and creates a beautiful smell! The roast vegetables are my favourite and I usually have seasoned Potatoes, Carrots glazed in maple syrup, sweet potato with Ashy Bines’s special seasoning and peas and corn! I know for a lot of people this would not be something you would want to do on a Sunday but i know my family loved to have roasts on a Sunday, so it brings back warm, fuzzy feelings for me!

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5. Bath and Movie Time

After a busy day of cooking and creating, there is nothing better then a warm bath with a lush bath bomb! Relax before a week back at work and unwind! After this put on your favourite movie or TV series and be drawn into the story! Try not to touch your phone, I find that these days I don’t enjoy movies or even my favourite tv shows as I am distracted by my phone. I love to sit and watch my favourite shows/movies with my candles lit and my  favourite drink, which is usually english breakfast tea or a hot chocolate (not every night).

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I know some of these sound slightly obvious but i have done the first 3 so far today and have noticed I have hardly touched my phone! I’ve taken a few pictures here and there but that is it and to be honest I’ve really enjoyed my own company. I feel that my day has been filled with more then just endless scrolling through Instagram and I’ve actually done something but still managed to relax.

I’m going to end this here as I now have to finish 4 and 5 of this list! I hope everyone has had a beautiful weekend.

P.S If you have not watched  The Night Before, then do it! It’s a christmas movie and it’s so funny!

Sharnee xoxo

 

 

 

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My Anxiety Story….

I hope everyone is having a beautiful Sunday!

I was originally going to post about my Cosmetic Insitute journey for my next blog post but I thought this post would be more appropriate to be told first, as it fits in with my anxiety journey.

So since October 2014, I’ve suffered from Anxiety. This was something that started suddenly and intensely, something I didn’t understand. Having anxiety is like fighting with your own mind, it makes you feel trapped and if you don’t get it under control, it will control your life.

Firstly I’ll start with my theory of how I feel that my anxiety came about. One part of my anxiety stems from a fear of mine that I have had since I was 6 which was triggered when I was really sick at school and spewed in class ( Sorry if your eating). That day I developed a fear of throwing up in public.This is an important thing to add as it works in with my next reasoning!

In 2014 I decided to take a leap of faith and do something I would never usually do and that was try out for Miss Universe WA! I got through which was super exciting and went to the morning tea, which I naturally had nerves about but that’s normal, so I didn’t think anything of it. Once I sat there and realised all the beautiful girls I was surrounded by and how much I thought I didn’t fit in, I started to be come anxious (please note this is different to having anxiety).It dawned on me that I would have to get up in front of people and talk about myself, which to be completely honest with you, scared the absolute shit out of me! This is also a huge fear of mine. Each day before work I started waking up feeling so tired and nauseas, it was hard for me to even get out of bed . I was waking up and not being able to eat anything as I would want to throw it back up, my heart was always beating so much faster then it ever had and I always had a lump in my throat. I ended up dropping 4kgs as I wasn’t eating much as I couldn’t stomach anything.

The climax of my anxiety was when my partner went out and stayed at a friends and I was watching a movie where a girl had to take medication ( I also have a fear of medication and becoming reliant on it). This triggered my first panic attack, this is something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone! At this point my anxiety had got so bad I couldn’t go to the shops to go food shopping, I didn’t want to leave the house and work was a massive struggle,.I couldn’t go out and socialise, let alone going to the Miss Universe events, so I regrettably had to pull out, so I could focus on myself and overcome what was happening to me.

My second panic attack occurred when we were in Singapore and we’re going to catch a bus to Malaysia, my body couldn’t handle the thought of being stuck in a bus and it made me feel like I wouldn’t be able to escape, so the symptoms came on, I couldn’t breathe, I wanted to be sick. I spent that whole day in bed after coming down from my panic attack.

At this point all I could think was, I can’t do this for the rest of my life.

So I decided to try and do something about it. I did research, breathing techniques, spoke to my very knowledgable Auntie and got some tips as well as, slowly telling people that were close to me what was going on, I started to calm down a little. I started seeing a Naturopath in Melville who was incredible! She gave me herbal remedies as I was too scared to try medication. This got me on my Journey to controlling my anxiety. I soon was able to go to work without feeling sick and helpless and I could leave the house to do the food shopping! I still however was unable to go out for dinner or do small group outings as I had a fear of feeling like I was trapped and if I wanted to leave quickly, I felt like I would be being rude!

The day I really felt like I conquered a part of my anxiety was my surgery day. I was so calm before my surgery! It was crazy, I got in and got it done, I also took medication which was also a big step for me. I kept telling myself , if you can get through going under the knife, you can get through the small things that give you anxiety! I try and keep that in mind whenever it starts creeping up on me.

My anxiety is still very much there but I just know how to control it better now. I still find it hard to go out to dinner and I still get anxious in crowded places, I like to feel in control and when I don’t that’s when the wave of anxiety comes over me. But there is a few things that help me:

  • When I’m out at the movies or dinner, I always locate the closest toilet or door incase I need to leave.
  • I have made my close friends and family aware of my anxiety so that if I leave or I am being quiet they know this is not me being rude, that it’s me coping with my anxiety.
  • Exercise and long walks.
  • Breathing techniques or focusing something on in the room
  • I also changed my contraceptive pill and that helped the most out of everything!

My anxiety has changed me but I feel it’s for the better. I know people think I’m boring because I don’t drink excessively but I don’t really care. I don’t do certain things because they heighten anxiety, if I do they make me feel ten times worse, I feel that if someone is my true friend they would understand this and would still be there for me. I’ve defiantly learnt who my true friends are through this process and I have grown even closer to my partner after having him there to help me through the tough times.

If you have someone close to you that suffers from anxiety or any mental health issue but you don’t quiet get it or you feel that they are exaggerating (trust me I see this all the time), please do some research so you can get into the mindset of what it’s about and then you can help them through it. It then won’t be frustrating if your friend cancels on dinner or leaves early because they feel that they can’t handle it. The smallest things can cripple someone who has anxiety so please be aware and open!

I could write forever on this topic but Ill leave it at that for now. S
o if your struggling with anxiety or depression , please know it will get better, you just need to take the steps to get there! Find what works for you and please remember your not the only one going through this! As I Come from a family where I have several family members suffering from mental health, it’s an extremely important subject to me and I’m always here if anyone needs to talk!

So Are You Okay?

Sharnee ❤️ xoxo

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